Upoma Aziz

Interim

That was the first time in my life I’d smelled charred meat. I could tell it was different from the kind you’re supposed to eat, and my mother had to hold me as I threw up violently on the side of the street.

Of chaand raat and cadet college

Old friend, you will be kept alive in jotted snippets and paper clippings.

The Last Few Fries

The place had no soul or spirit left, and it was evident in the colourless walls, the unclean glasses, the empty eyes of the server who left me a menu card.

Delirium

The wish itself was pretty mediocre and commonplace, a mundane fantasy to escape the mundane.

Vespertine

The blue never ended here. The lights did not go out either.

50 Questions to Ask Your Partner

"What would be an absolutely perfect afternoon to you?"

My Mother’s Shoes

I didn’t know the endings to most of the stories as I fell asleep halfway.

Los

When Naf woke up, he didn’t have much expectations from the day.

March 17, 2022
March 17, 2022

Hephaestus

I was not Hephaestus, Hephaestus was not I.

January 27, 2022
January 27, 2022

Sunshower

“Ugh, rotten stains… Won’t budge…”

September 9, 2021
September 9, 2021

No Man Ever Steps in the Same River Twice

He sleeps on his side, on his right side, to be specific. On the nights the excruciating pain on his right shoulder numbs him, he

July 29, 2021
July 29, 2021

Gone in the Morn

The creatures of the dark feed on fear. And hot sauce.

June 3, 2021
June 3, 2021

Serein

“What’s the largest sum of money you’ve seen at a time?”

March 25, 2021
March 25, 2021

Wasteland’s Symphony

All the upsetting news we received, we learned to toss with the stones that skipped seven times across the water before sinking into oblivion.

February 11, 2021
February 11, 2021

Scotch Tape

A crestfallen soldier at the end of his service, the spine of the book was not vertical. It had contorted and bent at strange angles; if this were a person everyone would look at him with rueful, pitying eyes. Pitying eyes are curious, sneering eyes, prying eyes. Pitying eyes are not kind eyes.

December 3, 2020
December 3, 2020

Rainwater Tea

Do we measure the leaves first? Or do we pour the water?

November 12, 2020
November 12, 2020

Finding Webtoon

Webtoon is an app that lets you select from a myriad of web comics for free, unless you want to read an episode early.

September 17, 2020
September 17, 2020

Old Man’s Beard

I do not miss going to work, but I miss being young – not like the leftover puzzle pieces from several different sets jammed into one, never quite fitting.

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